Male Mysteries – Phallic Symbols – Maypole & Beltaine

There are many symbols and signs in pagan traditions and religions that venerate the phallus as the representation of the active male force of nature.  Several representations are present in the Beltaine (May Day) practices, such as the Maypole shown above. 

The purpose of the veneration during fertility rites was to impart and encourage the fertilizing male forces to stimulate the growth of crops, animals, and all of nature.  While the initial budding and greening has already begun prior to Beltaine, the purpose of the Beltaine fertility rite is fertilization of the blossoms and greening buds into fruitful maturity for a bountiful harvest and more amicable breeding conditions throughout the year.

Brightest of Blessings

Mead Muse

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Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

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